The Livermore City Council’s plan for a deep review of city policies and practices is moving forward.
At 7 p.m. on Monday, the council’s newly formed Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee is scheduled to present a framework to guide a public evaluation of Livermore Police Department’s use of force policies, as well as broader issues of equity and inclusion.
Spurred by the killing of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement, Councilmember Robert Carling in early June proposed a process for the city council and members of the community to address structural racism and its impact on people of color in Livermore.
Since then, the council created a subcommittee to accelerate the process and approved a resolution, joining hundreds of other cities around the country in support of the Mayor’s Pledge which calls on elected city leaders to:
1) Review your police use of force policies;
2) Engage your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences;
and stories in your review;
3) Report the findings of your review to your community and seek feedback; and
4) Reform your community’s police use of force policies.
The subcommittee is composed of Vice Mayor Bob Woerner and Councilmember Trish Munro. In its three meetings, the subcommittee developed a name, objective and a framework to achieve it.
Its objective is to: “Enable equity and inclusion in Livermore through diverse community engagement that will result in a welcoming city, exemplified by equity of opportunity and just treatment for all.”
The proposed framework calls on the council to:
1) Develop our vision for the future that will ensure equitable public safety and next steps for quickly and efficiently closing the gaps compared to our current state;
2) Develop and implement short, mid and long-range plans, focusing on completing high priority action items in a timely manner by leveraging the current momentum to act; and
3) Measure and report on progress regularly and transparently (publicly available and easily accessible) and validate through internal and external auditing.